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Snow reaches Tucson's valley floor; Catalina Highway closed to all traffic

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J.D. Wallace sent us this shot from Mount Lemmon. He's stuck up there as the Catalina Highway is now closed to all traffic. J.D. Wallace sent us this shot from Mount Lemmon. He's stuck up there as the Catalina Highway is now closed to all traffic.

 

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@IMMamalicious it was snowing on Camino Seco and Old Spanish Trail. my temps read 38 here 11:17 a.m.

@matthew_walker Just started snowing here at the house. 10:29 a.m.

@azwake17 Snow in saddlebrooke and eagle crest ranch 9:42 a.m.

@casasamy
Snow up here in Eagle Crest Ranch, between Catalina & Saddlebrooke. It's starting to stick!9:32 a.m.

@dancinghorse
Spits of ice splatting on the windows in Vail near the Pantano. Mix rain/snow. 9:24 a.m.

@DinaMatsuzawa No white stuff in the OV.... YET! Kids are going crazy waiting!! 9:10 a.m.

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Joe Leporini There were a few flurries mixed in the rain in OV about an hour ago. 10:33 a.m.

Lisa A Pfefferle-Perez: lightly snowing and rain at 22nd/kolb 10:11 a.m.

Tracy Ryckman: It's snowing in Corona De Tucson, Santa Rita Mtns. 10 a.m.

DeAnna Mancini: Its snowing/slushing in Catalina 9:45 a.m.

Cindy Gibson: ITS SNOWING at the udall center !!!! 9:43 a.m.


Teresa Lafferty: Okay, so it's about 1 flake for every 10,000 raindrops. 9:39 a.m.
 
Maria Van Vactor: I can see some snow flakes mix with rain! Houghton/Sahuarita Rd. 9:39 a.m.
 
Jeremy Todd Kealy: Its snowing on fort lowel and alvernon 9:20 a.m.
 

Christi Cisek: It was snowing at Broadway and Pantano a little bit ago....we saw it mixed in with the snow on our windshield!!!!!!! YAY!! 9:16 a.m.
 

Regina Ginsberg Koch-Mart: No snow at Oracle and Magee! 9:08 a.m.

The KOLD News 13 First Alert Winter Storm Forecast panned out nicely for Arizona. 

In Tucson a rain/snow mix kept the windshield wipers going during the commute to work. The commute home will be much drier as the storm winds down. 

The Catalina Highway is closed to all traffic after snow and rock slides blocked the road.  Last report was 20" of snow on top of the mountain with gusty winds blowing snow into drfits many feet high.  No word on when the road will open. 

Unfortunately the winter weather took out the Tucson Doppler Radar.  This happened early Thursday morning.  First Alert Meteorologist Aaron Pickering talked with a forecaster at the U.S. National Weather Service, which maintains the radar, and there is no estimate on when it will go back online. 

Rain and snow continues to wind down tonight with spotty leftover showers of rain and snow lingering across southern Arizona tonight and Friday.  Accumulations will be light but even a little snow can mean slick conditions on the roadways. 

Tonight and Friday night will be two of the coldest nights of the year with mid 20s in Tucson, teens in outlying areas and Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.  That means wrap the pipes to keep them from freezing.  It's also a good idea to leave a faucet dripping on the other side of the house from the where the water enters.  This will keep water moving through the pipes and reduce the chance of freezing.  If pipes do freeze, try slowly thawing them with a hair dryer before calling a plumber. 

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